<%image(20050527-images.jpg|99|130|trophy)%> As recent converts to the Mozilla Firefox Internet Browser, Julie and I have found that we can easily waste large quantities of time doing inane searches with the various search engines that you can add to the top of your browser screen. The bait to draw Julie in was the google search for a disc golf course in the Bennington Vermont area that landed us at the professional disc golf association site. We happily found one right in Bennington and several others within an hour or two. yet the real time waster was a funky little site called rhymezone.com.
So we went to Rhymezone and found that you can literally compile massive lists of hundreds of words that rhyme with whatever you type in. Take “tangerine” for instance. You’ll have a list that includes halloween, trampoline, listerine, submarine, and seventeen. We got hooked right away and in a half-asleep stupor we began to look up all kinds of random facts that we surely could live without knowing.
In using the definition search, we began to find out just how popular our names are. I think it’s a compilation of usage over history, so the social security admin will have different rankings based on years. I think the lists given at the Rhymezone are the universal, once and for all, lists that apply at all times and all situations, the “absolute” list on names if you will (postmodern snicker, snicker).
Well the search for names got just about as exciting as a novel by Dan Brown, shallow, pointless, but unexplainably addicting. Edward ranks at number 19, while Julie is currently seated at 52. Oh, but it got much worse than that. We decided that we had to find out the top 20 names. Though we ran out of steam on the females, we did manage to figure out the top 20 for the guys, with a top ten for the females. That’s right, for well over an hour we racked our brains for names of men and women, furiously typed them in, and then booed or cheered based on the all-time popularity ranking. Some names were surprisingly popular, while others were just about where we suspected. If you like useless info to banter around at parties, the following list is for you. I apologize for the lack of drum rolls and the proper orchestrations to make this senseless moment a touch more meaningful.
Starting with the men . . .
Coming in at number 20 . . .
BRIAN!!! Let’s give a big hand for Brian.
And moving on, here’s the rest:
19. Edward (yeah, that’s me, my name is wwwwaaayyy up there)
AND THE WINNER OF MOST POPULAR MALE NAME IN ALL OF THE UNITED STATES IS . . .
JAMES!!! let’s get a closer look at the details of James’ definition straight from the Rhymezone. And I swear, I’m not making any of this up!
• name: A male given name (very common: 1 in 30 males; popularity rank in the U.S.: #1)
• name: A surname (very common: 1 in 952 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #71)
• name: A female given name (rare: 1 in 10000 females; popularity rank in the U.S.: #875)
So with the list of male names, having some kind of relation to the Bible, especially to the famous apostles would seem to bode well with the usage of your name. Well, as if that wasn’t enough, we have more! Yes there’s the list of female names. Appearing in opposite order with the winner first (because really second place is just the first loser . . .).
So that about wraps it up for the Rhymezone Supreme Name Award Finals. James and Mary are our two champions. Thanks, and have a good evening.
Accomodations for tonight’s contestants were provided on the Toshiba Pro 4200 series located in New Britain Pennsylvania over our 52K dial-up modem. Please join us tommorrow for more drivel and deep thoughts on theology and culture.